SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo had some kind words for one of his midfielders following the win over Orlando Pirates.
The Tshwane outfit moved up to fourth spot in the Absa Premiership with a 1-0 win over the Buccaneers on Wednesday evening.
Jamie Webber was handed a start in the SuperSport midfield as Teboho Mokoena was suspended, and Tembo had nothing praise for the midfielder.
“I told him ‘I can’t protect you forever, at some point I need to throw you in there’ and said ‘go and play, do what you do at training, that’s all I want to see’ and he did exactly that. He was outstanding," Tembo told SuperSport after the game.
"He played very well. He played like a senior player. His decisions were very good, his pressing was very good. I’m happy for him,” he said.
The SuperSport coach did feel his side should have had the game sewn up in the opening 45 minutes.
“It was a difficult game but I think we should have wrapped it up in the first half. We created clear-cut chances, probably the final ball and decision-making [was the problem]," he addded.
“But at the same time I have to give it to the guys. This is the SuperSport I know. This is the SuperSport that started the season and we had lost it a little bit. We fight, we’re difficult to beat when we play this way. I’m happy we getting that back.
“We spent the whole week working on that. We knew that their full-backs were going to go forward and that first ball out of the pressure had be out but at times we overran the ball. That final ball took long to go diagonal and it allowed their full backs some time to recover.
“We had a few breaks with Aubrey [Modiba] and Evans (Rusike) and we couldn’t just capitalise. But Wayne (Sandilands) did well, he pulled two saves on the line, and that showed the amount of pressure we were putting them.”